The UFC’s TUF Season 17 Finale event scheduled for April 13th at the Mandalay Bay lost it’s main event as Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson suffered an injury that forced him to pull out of his title defense fight with John Moraga. Left without a main event, the UFC turned to one of their mainstays to fill the slot, as bantamweight star Uriah Faber steps in to take on Scott Jorgensen. Faber is coming off of a standout performance at UFC 157 as he finished Ivan Menjivar in the opening round of their bout. Since the match, Faber has talked about what may be next for him, and it appears he got his answer pretty quickly. As for Jorgensen, he is 3-3 in his last 6 UFC fights, but his losses are to Eddie Wineland, Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz, so Faber is another shot for Jorgensen to beat a top tier bantamweight.
Faber is going to come in a huge favorite at the sports books when the lines come out. As tough as Jorgensen is, he is considered a notch below Faber by most observers, and despite extending both Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz (the fight with Cruz was 5 rounds) the distance, he did lose those fights.
Faber has made no secret of the fact that he wants another run at a title, that the UFC championship that has eluded him is still the goal he has in mind. All he has to do then is keep winning, so he cannot afford to stumble against Jorgensen. Faber looked very efficient and sharp against Menjivar, and he got through that fight completely unscathed.
Since 2008, Jorgensen has been in the WEC and the UFC, so his competition level has not been low, and he has solid wins over Jeff Curran, Brad Pickett and Takeya Mizugaki to name a few. But he remains a bit rough around the edges, and that is particularly a disadvantage against a precise athlete like Faber.
For his last UFC fight, against John Albert where he pulled off a 1st round rear naked choke, Jorgensen declared that he has studied tape for the fight for the first time in his 6 year, 20 fight career. Well if he watches tape on Faber, he is not going to like what he sees. For Albert to win, he is goingto have to be on another level, and after 6 years and 20 fights doing it his way, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.